UNCG students, faculty, and staff:
With Spring Break approaching, UNCG continues to work closely with the Guilford County Health Department and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to monitor the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, support the health and safety of the university and broader community, and ensure we are prepared should the virus be identified in our community. UNCG is also actively monitoring and following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and federal guidelines related to this virus.
At this time, the exposure risk at UNCG remains low, and there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of North Carolina. Please remember that at this time, you are at much greater risk of getting ill from the influenza virus (the flu) than from the novel coronavirus, and we remain in the peak of the flu season. To decrease your risk of getting sick, please:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your cough with a tissue or sneeze/cough into your elbow.
- Avoid close contact with sick individuals.
If you are sick, please stay at home to decrease the risk of spreading your illness to others.
It is important to stay informed and pay attention to credible, official sources of information. Please be aware that recommendations regarding travel to countries where the virus is present continue to change quickly. We strongly encourage anyone with travel plans to consult the CDC and State Department websites to ensure you are aware of the most up-to-date recommendations. In addition, regular campus updates about coronavirus are being posted on the Student Health Services website. The site includes a coronavirus FAQ from the CDC, information about symptoms and preventative actions, and other helpful information. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves.
Given the speed with which information is changing, please contact the following offices if you have questions.
- For questions about study abroad, call the International Programs Center at 336.334.5404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For questions about other University-related travel abroad (faculty and staff work-related trips), email Nell Pynes at email@example.com.
- For questions about health issues, contact Student Health Services at 336.334.3148 or your primary care provider.
It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious when information is changing rapidly. When we feel uncertain and anxious, we are more vulnerable to allowing assumptions, stereotypes, and soundbites to influence our decision-making. Please remember to be thoughtful about the information sources you rely on and your assumptions about, and reactions to, others. Showing compassion, empathy, and respect for each other are critical to our community. Wherever Spring Break takes you, stay safe.